Illinois millionaire tax idea reintroduced by lawmaker

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SPRINGFIELD - Legislation at the heart of a renewed push to tax the state's millionaires has advanced in the Illinois Legislature.  Sponsored by House Speaker Michael Madigan, the proposal would place a non-binding question on the November ballot asking voters if the Illinois Constitution should be amended to add a three percent surcharge to incomes of more than $1 million.

The legislation was approved Thursday by a House panel in a 6-4 vote.  A previous effort to amend the constitution failed last month when Madigan was unable to get enough support in the Democrat-controlled House.

According to Madigan, the ballot initiative will help build support for the proposal in the Legislature next year.  Lawmakers are also considering a ballot resolution asking voters if they support a hike in the state's minimum wage.
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